What is Exercise Science?

Exercise Science studies the science of human movement and how to improve health through exercise and rehabilitation.

What types of classes are required for Exercise Science Majors?

Exercise Science courses focus on developing a greater understanding of the human body, its movement, and the identification and rehabilitation of injury. Therefore, courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Orthopedic Evaluation, Rehabilitation, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, Nutrition, and Psychology.

What types of careers are available for Exercise Science Majors?

A degree in Exercise Science serves as an excellent foundation for any of the following careers: Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Orthotist and Prosthetist, Anatomist, Chiropractor, Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Wellness Coordinator, Massage Therapist, Sports Nutritionist, University Professor, Personal Trainer, Fitness Consultant, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist as well as many other health care professions.

The Exercise Science Major serves as excellent preparation for further study in various health care fields. If you are considering a career in a field related to exercise science, then you should strongly consider further study in the form of a graduate or professional degree in exercise science or other health related discipline.

 Can I participate in athletics or music as an Exercise Science Major?

Definitely; in fact the majority of Exercise Science Majors participate in athletics and/or other extracurricular activities across the campus community.

Can I dual major?

Yes, you are welcome to dual major but you should be aware that an additional major may alter the time it takes for you to graduate. Your advisors for both majors will work together to develop an academic plan designed to help you achieve your graduation and career goals.

Can students focus on a specific profession within Exercise Science?

Yes, the major is designed so that all Exercise Science majors complete 14 core courses as well as a number of courses associated with the concentration of their choosing. The four concentrations are Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Orthotics and Prosthetics. The courses required for the concentrations were designed to meet the prerequisites for a number of graduate programs in those professions. However, your advisor will help you design an academic plan to meet your course needs if you are interested in another health field or if you plan to attend a graduate program that has other course requirements. A chart of the Exercise Science Major course sequence is below.

Exercise Science Course Sequence

 FallSpring
FreshmanBIOL 210 General Biol I
PSYC 190 Gen Psychology

MATH 113 College Algebra
1HSCI 261 Strgth. & Cond.
1, 3BIOL 111 Human Biol
2, 4BIOL 211 General Biol II
1CHEM 190 Intro to Chem
3SOCI 190 Intro to Soc
SophomoreBIOL 270 A&P I
HSCI 260 Nutrition

1HEED 250 Personal Health
2, 4CHEM 200 Gen Chem I
BIOL 271 A&P II
MATH 141 Trigonometry

2, 4CHEM 210 Gen Chem II
1EXSC 270 Inj Cont & Mgmt
3HSCI 100 Health Care Term
3PHIL 310 Ethics
JuniorEXSC 250 Ortho Eval Lower
1, 2PHED 315 Phys of Ex
3, 4PSYC 420 Abnormal Psych
1, 3PHYS 211 Intro to Physics
2, 4PHYS 221 General Phys I
EXSC 250 Ortho Eval Lower
1, 2PHED 315 Phys of Ex
3, 4PSYC 420 Abnormal Psych
1, 3PHYS 211 Intro to Physics
2, 4PHYS 221 General Phys I
SeniorEXSC 450 Internship
MATH/PSYC Statistics

BIOL 350 Gen Physiology (2, 3)
EXSC 420 EBP Research
PSYC 220 Human Dev

Exercise Science core requirements are in bold.

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Courses required in the Athletic Training Concentration; 2Courses required in the Physical Therapy Concentration; 3Courses required in the Occupational Therapy Concentration; 4Courses required in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Concentration

PSYC 220 Human Development can be moved to any semester.

PHIL 310 Ethics is offered in even/odd years

MATH/PSYC Statistics – Students may choose between MATH 251, MATH 261 or PSYC 260 based on intended graduate program.

Athletic Training Concentration Course Sequence

 FallSpring
FreshmanBIOL 210 General Biol I (4)
HSCI 261 Strgth. & Cond. (1)
MATH 113 College Algebra (3)
PSYC 190 General Psychology (3)
BIOL 111 Human Biol (3)
CHEM 190 Intro to Chemistry (4)
SophomoreBIOL 270 A&P I (4)
HEED 250 Personal Health (3)
HSCI 260 Nutrition (3)
BIOL 271 A&P II (4)
EXSC 270 Inj Cont & Mgmt (3)
MATH 141 Trigonometry (3)
JuniorEXSC 250 Lower Ext (3)
PHED 315 Phys of Ex (3)
PHYS 211 Intro to Physics
EXSC 150 Taping and Brac (1)
EXSC 260 Upper Ext (3)
EXSC 370 Rehab (3)
PHED 305 Kines/Bio (3)
PHED 335 Safety Ed & 1st Aid (2)
SeniorEXSC 450 Internship (3)
MATH/PSYC Statistics (3)

EXSC 420 EBP Research (3)
*PSYC 220 Human Development (3)

*PSYC 220 Human Development can be moved to any semester.
MATH/PSYC Statistics – Students may choose between MATH 251, MATH 261 or PSYC 260 based on intended graduate program.

Physical Therapy Concentration Course Sequence

 FallSpring
FreshmanBIOL 210 General Biol I (4)
MATH 113 College Algebra (3)
PSYC 190 General Psychology (3)
BIOL 211 General Biol II (4)
SophomoreBIOL 270 A&P I (4)
CHEM 200 General Chem I (4)
HSCI 260 Nutrition (3)
BIOL 271 A&P II (4)
CHEM 210 General Chem II (4)
MATH 141 Trigonometry (3)
JuniorEXSC 250 Lower Ext (3)
PHED 315 Phys of Ex (3)
PHYS 221 General Phys I (4)
EXSC 260 Upper Ext (3)
EXSC 370 Rehab (3)
PHED 305 Kines/Bio (3)
PHYS 222 General Phys II (4)
SeniorBIOL 350 Gen Physiology (4)
EXSC 450 Internship (3)
MATH/PSYC Statistics (3)

EXSC 420 EBP Research (3)
*PSYC 220 Human Development (3)

*PSYC 220 Human Development can be moved to any semester.
MATH/PSYC Statistics – Students may choose between MATH 251, MATH 261 or PSYC 260 based on intended graduate program.

Occupational Therapy Concentration Course Sequence

 FallSpring
FreshmanBIOL 210 General Biol I (4)
MATH 113 College Algebra (3)
PSYC 190 General Psychology (3)
BIOL 111 Human Biol (3)
SOCI 190 Intro to Sociology (3)
SophomoreBIOL 270 A&P I (4)
HSCI 260 Nutrition (3)
BIOL 271 A&P II (4)
HSCI 100 Health Care Term (2)
MATH 141 Trigonometry (3)
PHIL 310 Ethics (3) →
JuniorEXSC 250 Lower Ext (3)
PHYS 211 Intro to Physics
PSYC 420 Abnormal Psych (3)
EXSC 260 Upper Ext (3)
EXSC 370 Rehab (3)
PHED 305 Kines/Bio (3)
SeniorBIOL 350 Gen Physiology (4)
EXSC 450 Internship (3)
MATH/PSYC Statistics (3)

EXSC 420 EBP Research (3)
*PSYC 220 Human Development (3)

PHIL 310 Ethics is offered in even/odd years
*PSYC 220 Human Development can be moved to any semester.
MATH/PSYC Statistics – Students may choose between MATH 251, MATH 261 or PSYC 260 based on intended graduate program.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Concentration Course Sequence

 FallSpring
FreshmanBIOL 210 General Biol I (4)
MATH 113 College Algebra (3)
PSYC 190 General Psychology (3)
BIOL 211 General Biol II (4)
SophomoreBIOL 270 A&P I (4)
CHEM 200 General Chem I (4)
HSCI 260 Nutrition (3)
BIOL 271 A&P II (4)
CHEM 210 General Chem II (4)
MATH 141 Trigonometry (3)
JuniorEXSC 250 Lower Ext (3)
PHYS 221 General Phys I (4)
PSYC 420 Abnormal Psych (3)
EXSC 260 Upper Ext (3)
EXSC 370 Rehab (3)
PHED 305 Kines/Bio (3)
PHYS 222 General Phys II (4)
SeniorEXSC 450 Internship (3)
MATH/PSYC Statistics (3)

EXSC 420 EBP Research (3)
*PSYC 220 Human Development (3)

*PSYC 220 Human Development can be moved to any semester.
MATH/PSYC Statistics – Students may choose between MATH 251, MATH 261 or PSYC 260 based on intended graduate program.

Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
____BIOL 2104General Biology*
____BIOL 2704Anatomy and Physiology I
____BIOL 2714Anatomy and Physiology II
____EXSC 2504Orthopedic Evaluation of the Lower Extremity
____EXSC 2604Orthopedic Evaluation of the Upper Extremity
_____EXSC 3053Kinesiology/Biomechanics
____EXSC 3703Rehabilitation of Ortho Injuries
_____EXSC 4004Sports Medicine
____EXSC 4203EBP Research in Healthcare
____EXSC 4503Internship
____HSCI 2603Nutrition
____MATH/PSYC**3Statistics
____PSYC 1903General Psychology*
____PSYC 2203Human Development
**Students may choose between MATH-251 Statistics, MATH-261 Statistics for Biologists, or
PSYC-260 Statistics and Data Analysis based on the requirements of their intended graduate program.
CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS:
Athletic Training:
____BIOL 1113Human Biology
____CHEM 1904Introduction to Chemistry
____EXSC 1501Taping and Bracing
____EXCS 2611Strength and Conditioning
____EXSC 2703Injury Control and Management
_____EXSC 3153Physiology of Exercise
____HEED 2503Personal Health
____PHED 3352Safety Education and First Aid
____PHYS 2114Intro to Physics
Physical Therapy
____BIOL 2114General Biology II
____CHEM 2004General Chemistry I
____CHEM 2104General Chemistry II
_____EXSC 3153Physiology of Exercise
_____MATH 1413Trigonometry
____PHYS 2214General Physics II
____PHYS 2224General Physics II
Occupational Therapy
____BIOL 1113Human Biology
____HSCI 1002Health Care Terminology
____PHIL 3103Ethics
____PSYC 4203Abnormal Psychology
____PHYS 2114Intro to Physics
____SOCI 1903Intro to Sociology
Orthotics and Prosthetics
____BIOL 2114General Biology II
____CHEM 2004General Chemistry I
____CHEM 2104General Chemistry II
_____MATH 1413Trigonometry
____PHYS 2214General Physics I
____PHYS 2224General Physics II
____PSYC 4203Abnormal Psychology

LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet
* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements

Students must meet the following criteria to remain in good standing within the program:

  1. Declare a Concentration before the start of their 5th semester
  2. Earn no grade below a “C” within major course work
  3. Current trends indicate that many professional programs require students to maintain a GPA at or above 3.0 in required coursework

Completion of the Pre-Athletic Training specialization meets the requirements for the minor in Strength and Conditioning

Completion of a specialization DOES NOT qualify graduates to sit for national certification or practitioner examinations.

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